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Is a Pandemic a Risk to Homeland Security?

CTU’s Global Security Series offers background on current national and homeland security topics. In this new series, University Dean of Security Studies, Dr. Morag, will focus on an often unaddressed area of homeland security: public health. Today he begins by taking a deeper look at pandemics, the threats that they pose and how they are discovered and tracked.

When Disaster Strikes, Who’s in Charge?

We live in a country that, both by virtue of its size and its geographic location, is subject to a variety of natural disasters including earthquakes, brush fires, tornadoes, mudslides, flooding, ice storms, blizzards, tsunamis and, of course, hurricanes. Not surprisingly, a big and important part of the Homeland Security mission has to do with preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural disasters.

Nor’easter Presents New Challenges for First Responders

The National Weather Service is warning of a Nor’easter, a significant costal storm expected to develop by midweek that has drawn the attention of law enforcement and homeland security professionals.

Politics, Hurricanes and FEMA

In the dark alleys of presidential politics, there have been whispered (really, shouted) rumors that one of the candidates would eliminate the Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA – in order to reduce the deficit.

Is the U.S. Prepared to Manage Cybersecurity Threats?

The United States does not yet have a national strategy to deal with cybersecurity; cyber law is undeveloped, and while narrow segments of expertise exist inside and outside of government, broad understanding of the threat and what we might do to prepare for, recovery from, and respond to cyber attacks is woefully lacking.

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